I’ve accepted that my TBR shelf is out of control, so let’s talk about what I’m excited to read!
1. Key of Light by Nora Roberts
Publish Date: October 28, 2003
# of Pages: 334
Goodreads Rating: 4.16
Description (from Goodreads): The pleasure of your company is desired for cocktails and conversation. 8 pm, 4th September. Warrior’s Peak.
When Malory Price is issued with the above invitation she is naturally suspicious, especially as Warrior’s Peak is a local mansion straight out of a Hollywood movie. But with her overdraft at crisis limit and on the verge of losing her job at a local art gallery, she has little to lose by attending the event.
Only Malory is about to get more than she bargained for. At Warrior’s Peak she finds that she and two other women are the only guests of their mysterious hosts. They are told an amazing story of magic, gods and goddesses; and of three demi-goddesses who have been cast into an eternal sleep, their mortal souls placed under lock and key. And in every generation, three women are born who alone have the power to free them – if they are prepared to accept the challenge.
Three women. Three keys to find. If one fails, they all lose. If they succeed – money, power and a new destiny awaits. It will take more than intellect, more than determination. They will have to open their hearts, their minds, and believe that everything is possible.
Why am I excited to read this book?: Ever since high school, I’ve been a Nora Roberts fan. This is one of many Nora Roberts books on my TBR shelf.
2. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
Publish Date: 2001
# of Pages: 272
Goodreads Rating: 3.97
Description (from Goodreads): David Sedaris’ move to Paris from New York inspired these hilarious pieces, including the title essay, about his attempts to learn French from a sadistic teacher who declares that every day spent with you is like having a caesarean section. His family is another inspiration. You Can’t Kill the Rooster is a portrait of his brother, who talks incessant hip-hop slang to his bewildered father. And no one hones a finer fury in response to such modern annoyances as restaurant meals presented in ludicrous towers of food and cashiers with six-inch fingernails.
Why am I excited to read this book?: This book was so popular when it came out! I have yet to read a David Sedaris book, but his books sound awesome.
3. The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet
Publish Date: February 4, 2002
# of Pages: 973
Goodreads Rating: 4.29
Description (from Goodreads): Ken Follett is known worldwide as the master of split-second suspense, but his most beloved and bestselling book tells the magnificent tale of a twelfth-century monk driven to do the seemingly impossible: build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has ever known.
Everything readers expect from Follett is here: intrigue, fast-paced action, and passionate romance. But what makes The Pillars of the Earth extraordinary is the time the twelfth century; the place feudal England; and the subject the building of a glorious cathedral. Follett has re-created the crude, flamboyant England of the Middle Ages in every detail. The vast forests, the walled towns, the castles, and the monasteries become a familiar landscape. Against this richly imagined and intricately interwoven backdrop, filled with the ravages of war and the rhythms of daily life, the master storyteller draws the reader irresistibly into the intertwined lives of his characters into their dreams, their labors, and their loves: Tom, the master builder; Aliena, the ravishingly beautiful noblewoman; Philip, the prior of Kingsbridge; Jack, the artist in stone; and Ellen, the woman of the forest who casts a terrifying curse. From humble stonemason to imperious monarch, each character is brought vividly to life.
The building of the cathedral, with the almost eerie artistry of the unschooled stonemasons, is the center of the drama. Around the site of the construction, Follett weaves a story of betrayal, revenge, and love, which begins with the public hanging of an innocent man and ends with the humiliation of a king.
Why am I excited to read this book?: Confession time: I’ve never read a Ken Follet book! I think I have nearly everyone one of his books one my TBR shelf though! They all sound incredible, and I’m looking forward to finally diving into his world.
4. Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda
Publish Date: March 15, 2010
# of Pages: 339
Goodreads Rating: 3.97
Description (from Goodreads): Somer’s life is everything she imagined it would be — she’s newly married and has started her career as a physician in San Francisco — until she makes the devastating discovery she never will be able to have children.
The same year in India, a poor mother makes the heartbreaking choice to save her newborn daughter’s life by giving her away. It is a decision that will haunt Kavita for the rest of her life, and cause a ripple effect that travels across the world and back again.
Asha, adopted out of a Mumbai orphanage, is the child that binds the destinies of these two women. We follow both families, invisibly connected until Asha’s journey of self-discovery leads her back to India.
Compulsively readable and deeply touching, SECRET DAUGHTER is a story of the unforeseen ways in which our choices and families affect our lives, and the indelible power of love in all its many forms.
Why am I excited to read this book?: A book about a different culture, family, and touch choices? I’m sold! I originally fell in love with the cover of this book, but it sounds so good, which is why it stays on my TBR shelf.
5. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
Publish Date: February 21, 2006
# of Pages: 269
Goodreads Rating: 4.06
Description (from Goodreads): In nineteenth-century China, in a remote Hunan county, a girl named Lily, at the tender age of seven, is paired with a laotong, “old same,” in an emotional match that will last a lifetime. The laotong, Snow Flower, introduces herself by sending Lily a silk fan on which she’s painted a poem in nu shu, a unique language that Chinese women created in order to communicate in secret, away from the influence of men.
As the years pass, Lily and Snow Flower send messages on fans, compose stories on handkerchiefs, reaching out of isolation to share their hopes, dreams, and accomplishments. Together, they endure the agony of foot-binding, and reflect upon their arranged marriages, shared loneliness, and the joys and tragedies of motherhood. The two find solace, developing a bond that keeps their spirits alive. But when a misunderstanding arises, their deep friendship suddenly threatens to tear apart.
Why am I excited to read this book?: I added this book to my TBR shelf shortly after it came out. The plot sounds great, and it continues to get rave reviews.
Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them?